S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Shopify bans guns

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Wattpad partners with iflix to co-produce movies in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa (BETAKIT)

Over the next year, iflix and Wattpad will co-produce original movies based on Wattpad stories from Indonesia.

Shopify abandons neutrality, bans guns from its platform (OTTAWACITIZEN)

In an unexpected move, Shopify toughened the terms of its service agreement to prohibit the sale of many types of guns and ammunition. In so doing, the Ottawa firm has infuriated online retailers who relied on Shopify’s earlier promises to respect merchants’ freedom to sell legal goods.

With $40 million for AuditBoard’s risk and compliance toolkit, LA’s enterprise startups notch another win (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding was led by Battery Ventures.

The major advantages of multi-tenant architecture in SaaS applications (ITPROPORTAL)

Let’s first compare the multi-tenant architecture with single-tenant architecture to better understand its pros.

500 Startups and VIISA lead seed round in Vietnamese SaaS platform Base.vn (DEALSTREETASIA)

Base.vn says it is the first open platform in South East Asia dedicated to enterprise management and operations, allowing its users to solve various operational challenges such as hiring, payroll, task management, and team collaboration.

Cisco’s $2.35 billion Duo acquisition front and center at earnings call (TECHCRUNCH)

“Duo’s SaaS delivered solution will expand our cloud security capabilities to help enable any user on any device to securely connect to any application on any network,” said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.

How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cities’ Airbnb rules (THEVERGE)

Visitors to Miami Beach come to party, Commissioner John Alemán says. They get wasted, they make noise, and, in the eyes of some residents, cause a nuisance.

Cybersecurity platform HYAS receives $475,000 from Western Innovation Initiative (BETAKIT)

WINN is a five-year federal initiative that provides repayable contributions to SMEs in Western Canada.

Work-Bench enterprise report predicts end of SaaS could be coming (TECHCRUNCH)

It’s worth pointing out that Work-Bench predicts Salesforce itself could become a target for mega cloud M&A action.

From product to platform: The secret to building a $10 billion SaaS business (FORBES)

What’s the “secret” to building a decacorn SaaS company? While there’s no silver bullet, one proven pathway blazed by pioneers like Salesforce, Slack and Shopify is to shift from product delivery to platform delivery.


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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